It seems like the week of the eBike in my life. My own is down currently with a bad battery. More on that story as it develops. Padraig and I talked about them a whole lot on The Paceline. He’s been doing a crash course on the various eBike brands and technologies. And it’s hard to imagine a future without eBikes replacing cars for more and more people.
At this point, talking about eBikes seems a bit like talking about “bikes.” In other words, what kind are you talking about. In my mind, an eBike is a city bike of some sort, but that’s not at all right. There are road, mountain and cargo versions, and there are a panoply of reasons to get an eBike, ranging from “I don’t wanna sweat on my way to work” to “I don’t want to have to pedal the climbs” to “I can’t afford a car.”
I used to worry that the advent of good, affordable eBikes would hasten the end of non-motorized bikes, aka “bikes.” I tend to resist change like most other humans. Now I see that eBikes will bring people into cycling who wouldn’t otherwise take it up. I see eBikes replacing cars and that makes our planet healthier and our streets safer. I was skeptical, but I’m in now.
Obviously, I bought an eBike.
Here’s why: First, we live at the top of a long, steep hill. It’s nice up here, but it means every ride ends with a considerable climb, not the sort of effort you want to make just to pick up some stuff at the store. Second, my son needed a way to get from school to work and home again in short order. Third, I wanted to be able to think, talk and write about the experience of riding an eBike from a position of experience. Fourth, I’m a bike nerd. I pretty much want them all.
I’ll tell you, at this point, my experience has been pretty mixed. There are reasons, and as I said earlier, there’s more on that story that I’ll share later.
For now, TCI Friday asks, do you own or have you considered an eBike? What for? Are you seeing a lot of them on the road where your are? Or even in the woods?